This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Sep 25, 2014

Another Transitional Humanatone

We recently published the pictures of a very early Gretsch plastic Humanatone, which appeared to be a transitional product between the famous metal nose flute and the plastic model designed by Ernest Davis (please check this post). Here is the other end of the Gretsch era: another transitional Humanatone.

Indeed, the instrument is (still) branded by Gretsch, but the user manual is printed by Trophy Music Co. So, we can state that Trophy bought from Gretsch not only the brand and moulds, but also the current stock, exactly as Gretsch had done some ±25 years before with the Humanatone Co. products. This instrument is one one the last Gretsch nose flutes.


  1. Another link in the history of the instrument documented.

    1. Funny to have samples illustrating the 2 boundaries of the plastic Gretsch Humanatone: one with a box still illustrated with a metal one, and this Gretsch one already with a Trophy user manual...